Aunty through @TurnbullMalcolm’s independent looking glass of #auspol’s realpolitik: @Jansant comments

Last week, New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. The recording made by Ross (@NickRossTech), reveals political pressure being exerted over editorial decisions regarding his coverage of the National Broadband Network (NBN), specifically his pieces critical of the Coalition alternative. The recorded meeting took place On May 28, 2013 and reveals Belsham (@BBelsham) was fearful of pressure from Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), the then Shadow Communications Minister and current Prime Minister, and/or someone from his office, as well […]

Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) June 25, 2015 On Monday night our ABC’s QandA (@qanda) program allowed Zaky Mallah (@ZakyMallah) (a young man convicted of making threats against ASIO officers but found not guilty of terrorism charges), to ask a question of the panel. By Tuesday morning, Richard Finlayson (@DickFinlayson), director of ABC television had issued a statement: Tony Jones […]

Public and Politicians gather in #Canberra to rally against #OurABC cuts: @jeevens reports

“No if’s. No buts. No ABC cuts,” chanted the crowd gathered outside Parliament House yesterday in response to the recently announced ABC and SBS funding cuts. It was the final rally in a series supporting the Our stories Our future Our ABC campaign, a joint initiative involving the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), and ABC Friends. Lovely day out at the Parliament House rally for #OurABC. Crowd gradually building. @our_abc #CBR #auspol #nofibs pic.twitter.com/TocCvOGWZu — Jeremy Stevens (@jeevens) November 25, 2014 Michael Tull (@Michtull), National President of the Community and Public Sector Union, emceed the event that kicked off at 11:30am yesterday. […]